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  • Cloud computing operating environment designed for the future but available today.At it’s core Windows Azure is Windows Server, think of it as a vast homogeneous array of Windows Server hardware.
  • The components of the Azure Services Platform can be used by local applications running on a variety of systems, including various flavours of Windows, mobile devices, and others. Those components include:  Windows Azure: Provides a Windows-based environment for running applications and storing data on servers in Microsoft data centres.  Microsoft .NET Services: Offers distributed infrastructure services to cloud-based and local applications.  Microsoft SQL Services: Provides data services in the cloud based on SQL Server.  Live Services: Through the Live Framework, provides access to data from Microsoft’s Live applications and others. The Live Framework also allows synchronizing this data across desktops and devices, finding and downloading applications, and more.
  • Windows Mobile StoryNew start, new platform, new philosophy, new hardware.Customer requirements at it’s heart, design comes first, great application experience.In it’s first wave it is a consumer orientated device aimed at ‘life maximisers’ – those with busy work and personal lives. Those that have the spare cash to purchase a device and make the most of online services.People centric platformConsumes contact information from Exchange, Windows Live, Social Networking applications like FacebookConsumes Calendar information from Exchange and Windows LiveWill have a business model that will encourage developers and companies to target the platformWill, at it’s heart, be a great consumer of Web Services. Part of the ‘3 screens and the Cloud’ vision.
  • Consistent experience, users of different devices should find the experience immediately familiar. Applications work across all devices.Consumers want choice, they want a personal piece of hardware, like colures and materials, camera resolution, etc. They also want to choose between a physical keyboard or a touch keypad.Application developers want the largest possible target for applications and games, developers don’t want to have to deal with every possible screen size or orientation.
  • What was said about SharePoint 2007SharePoint 2010 is the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the WebA great unifying platform for both people and applications in a heterogeneous environment.Providing access from multiple devices – ‘3 screens and a cloud’ visionOpportunities for Partner are almost endless
  • 1. Enhanced SharePoint Designer—Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 sports a new UI, improved workflow, and improved integration between designers. Although there were doubts about the Office 2007 ribbon-style interface when it was first released, Microsoft has been steadily putting the ribbon UI in many of its products, including SharePoint 2010. The new designer also has a tabbed interface and provides breadcrumb navigation. 2. Better browser support—SharePoint 2010 supports an extended set of browsers. It's designed to support XHTML 1.0–compliant browsers and will support Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0 and IE 7.0, Firefox, and Safari. Notably, IE 6.0 isn't supported. So far, there's been no official mention of Google Chrome or Opera. 3. Enhanced collaboration features—SharePoint 2010 supports tagging content as well as providing enhanced blog authoring capabilities. There's a new group authentication feature that's based on distribution list or organization and a new rich text editor for creating wikis. In addition, calendars from Microsoft Exchange Server can be merged with SharePoint calendars. 4. Visio Services—Visio Services in SharePoint 2010 lets users share and collaborate on Visio diagrams. A built-in viewer lets SharePoint users view Visio files in their browser without having Visio installed on their system. Visio Services also retrieves and renders any external data used in the Visio diagrams. 5. Usage reporting and logging—SharePoint 2010 includes a new database designed to support usage reporting and logging. The usage database is extensible, allowing third-party vendors to create custom reports based on the information it contains. 6. FAST Search—The new SharePoint release will incorporate the FAST Search technology that Microsoft acquired from the Norway-based Fast Search & Transfer company. The FAST technology provides a superset of the original SharePoint search capabilities. As its name implies, FAST Search is designed for high-end scalability. It supports a number of enhanced capabilities, including a content-processing pipeline, metadata extraction, visual search, and advanced linguistics. 7. SharePoint Best Practices Analyzer—With the SharePoint 2010 release, SharePoint Best Practices Analyzer will be incorporated as part of the base SharePoint product. This tool provides Microsoft's guidance for SharePoint implementation and troubleshooting. A Problems and Solutions page in the analyzer helps you solve common implementation problems. 8. New hardware requirements—Like the majority of new Microsoft servers, SharePoint 2010 will ship only as a 64-bit product. If you're deploying SharePoint on new hardware, this situation shouldn't be a problem, but it's definitely a consideration if you're planning to upgrade an existing SharePoint server. 9. New software requirements—In addition to new hardware requirements, SharePoint 2010 will require an x64 edition of either Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2. It also requires a 64-bit version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2005. 10. New SharePoint editions—In an effort to better unify the SharePoint lineup, Microsoft will make some big changes to the SharePoint editions with the 2010 release. Windows SharePoint Server (WSS) is gone, and so is Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). The free WSS has been replaced by the new SharePoint Foundation 2010. MOSS is replaced by SharePoint Server 2010, which will be available in either the Standard or Enterprise edition as well as in editions for strictly internal sites and for Internet or extranet sites.
  • Simple customizationInternal IT staff building custom LOB applications for expense reporting etc.Professional developers building complex applications hosted and surfaced in SharePointMany opportunities to provide integration with SharePoint for main ISV flagship applications


  • 1. Partner Update/RoadmapApril 2010
    Dave Allen
    Application Architect
    Developer and Platform Group
    Microsoft UK
  • 2. Agenda
    Windows Azure Platform
    Windows Azure
    SQL Azure
    Silverlight 4
    Windows Phone 7
    SharePoint 2010
  • 3. Windows Azure Platform
    Commercial launch 1st February 2010
    Commercial launch AppFabric 9th April 2010
    Reducing capital & operational costs
    Simplify application deployment & management
    Scale to the Web without additional complexity
    Handle peak loads effectively
    Focus on functionality, not infrastructure
  • 4. Windows Azure PlatformThe Big Picture
    SQL Azure
    Windows Azure
  • 5. Windows Azure PlatformWorldwide availability
    Northern Europe
    North Central USA
    Eastern Asia
    Western Europe
    South Central USA
    Southeast Asia
  • 6. Windows Azure
    Flexible application hosting
    Lights-out service management
    Provide code & service model, hit ENTER
    Storage at massive scale
    Tables, Queues, Blobs, NTFS Drives
  • 7. Windows AzureDesign Principles
    Security, performance and reliability, high availability
    Scale-out, multi-tenancy
    Lower TCO
    Shared resources – only pay for what you use
    Reduce deployment & management costs
    Use any subset of the services to build apps
    Use any framework supported by Windows
    Integrate with existing on-premises applications
  • 8. SQL Azure
    Business Analytics
    Data Sync
    SQL Server in the Cloud, as a Service
    Highly scaled out, on commodity hardware
    Connect Windows Azure or on-premises apps
    Pay for what you use and the service you require
  • 9. SQL AzureRoadmap
    Service Update 2
    Multiple Active Result Sets (MARS)
    Service Update 3
    50 Gb Databases, Spatial support
    Project “Houston” – new SQL Azure web administration tool
    Codename “Dallas” – information as a service
    OData service on top of SQL Azure
  • 10. Windows Azure PlatformAppFabric
    Secure connections between services
    Across organizational boundaries
    Claims-based access control
  • 11. Windows Azure PlatformBusiness Model
    Transforming to a “Services” model
    Business case
    Increase agility, faster ROI, better TCO
    Purchasing models
    Lower barrier to entry, more flexible options
    Service management
    Reduced complexity and costs
    Both business and technical
  • 12. Windows Azure PlatformOptimal workload patterns
    “Growing Fast“
    “On and Off “
    Average Usage
    On & off workloads (e.g. batch job)
    Over provisioned capacity is wasted
    Time to market can be cumbersome
    Successful services needs to grow/scale
    Keeping up w/ growth is big IT challenge
    Complex lead time for deployment
    “Unpredictable Bursting“
    “Predictable Bursting“
    Average Usage
    Average Usage
    Unexpected/unplanned peak in demand
    Sudden spike impacts performance
    Can’t over provision for extreme cases
    Services with micro seasonality trends
    Peaks due to periodic increased demand
    IT complexity and wasted capacity
  • 13. Windows Azure PlatformTCO Analyzer Tool
    Quickly determine “quantitative” value of using Windows Azure Platform services
    TCO of development and running Windows Azure Platform vs. traditional delivery channels
    Estimation “of” and conversion “to” on-premise solution to Windows Azure Platform services
    TCO Analyzer available
  • 14. Silverlight 4
    Released on 15th April 2010
    Printing support
    Hardware accelerated graphics
    Rich Text support
    32 new languages (41 total)– right-to-left support
    Out of browser
    Elevated privileges support
    COM automation (Office interop)
    Webcam/Mic support
    Offline DRM support
  • 15. Windows Phone 7Platform Goals
    Help end users personalize their phones
    Help developers be profitable
    Enable cloud powered experiences
  • 16. Windows Phone 7
    Consistent set of hardware capabilities defined by Microsoft
    One resolution at launch
    Second resolution added later
    Same touch input
    Consistent processor / GPU
    Same available RAM
    Optional keyboard
    800 or 480
    480 or 320
  • 17. Windows Phone 7Application Platform
    • Modern XAML/event-driven application UI framework
    • 18. Rapid creation of visually stunning apps
    • 19. Metro-themed UI controls
    • 20. HTML/JavaScript
    • 21. 500,000 developers spanning Windows and web
    • 22. High performance game framework
    • 23. Rapid creation of multi-screen 2D and 3D games
    • 24. Rich content pipeline
    • 25. Mature, robust, widely adopted technology spanning Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune
  • Windows Phone 7Application Marketplace
    Enhanced Discovery
    Easy to find great applications, games
    Fun to browse the marketplace
    Simple, Reliable Acquisition
    Try before you buy
    Buying and downloading content is a breeze
    Payment flexibility
    Easy application updates
  • 26. Windows Phone 7
  • 27. SharePoint 2010
    “About 80 percent of businesses are expected to be using SharePoint by 2010” – Gartner
    “The popularity of SharePoint continues to amaze me. It's a useful technology, so I'm not surprised that people like it. What I marvel at is how rapidly it's spread. Are there any Windows customers left who aren't using it in some way?” – David Chappell
    “For resellers, partners, and consultants, SharePoint is the brass ring, but at the same time it can also be the noose falling over their heads if they don’t have a competency before hanging out a shingle” - Gartner
    RTM 16th April 2010, business launch 12th May
  • 28. SharePoint 2010Main Features
    Enhanced SharePoint Designer
    Better browser support
    Enhanced collaboration features
    Visio Services
    Usage reporting and logging
    FAST Search
    SharePoint Best Practices Analyzer
    New hardware & software requirements
    New SharePoint editions (SKUs)
  • 29. SharePoint 2010As a platform
    Platform for surfacing data from disparate systems
    Developer platform for all levels
    Large collaboration applications
    Portal for LOB application data
    Single Web Part solutions
    Customized SharePoint installations
    Runs on Windows Vista or Windows 7
    Better set of developer tools in VS2010
    Easier and more flexible deployment models
  • 30. © 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries.
    The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.